...I honestly did not expect that even among us founders we could exchange many ideas and learn so much from each other. What I can use right away, is the input we got from the mentors and the connections we could establish during the program.
— Klaudia Bachinger (Founder & CEO of WisR)
Klaudia Bachinger - winner Female Founders Berlin 2019

Klaudia Bachinger - winner Female Founders Berlin 2019

About WisR

WisR (“wiser”) is an online platform where companies can find motivated Silver Agers who can offer their experience for project-based, seasonal, or part-time jobs.

Our goal is to reintegrate older people into society and the labour market on the one hand, and on the other, to enable Silver Agers to find exciting and meaningful work, new challenges, so they can help shape the future and be appreciated.

Silver Agers are not older, but wiser.


Why did you decide to participate in the program? What did you expect?
Did you reach the goals you have set for yourself?

We were super happy that we got accepted for the Start Alliance program since we wanted to come to Germany anyway and it was just perfect timing. I expected to learn more about the German market, get first connections to the right networks in Berlin and understand whether Berlin was the right place to start. And I was not disappointed.

Did you have any program highlight?
What kind of information did you use right away after the end of the program?

The highlight was the amazing people giving the workshops and the great spirit within the group. I honestly did not expect that even among us founders we could exchange many ideas and learn so much from each other. What I can use right away, is the input we got from the mentors and the connections we could establish during the program.

Can you share with us any lesson learned?

I learned that data protection and privacy is super important in Germany. More than anywhere else I have been so far! Another thing we learned not only in the workshops, but also while talking to new people: everyone is very honest and upfront about their interest and intentions. If someone likes your idea, you will know it very quickly and easily get a follow-up meeting. You get a ‘hell yeah’ or a polite ‘no’ - it might be unusual to people from other countries, but I really appreciate it.

What makes Berlin so special and which kind of contacts and networks did you meet during your stay?

Berlin is special because it’s incredible open-minded and you can reach out to people you don’t know rather easily. It has a very cosmopolitan vibe that many cities in the German-Speaking area lack (even Vienna!). We could meet a lot of women from the startup and investors space, as well as many other startup founders.

What will be your next steps?

We already signed up to become part of the Berlin Partner network and I will be moving to Berlin for 3 months to understand the German market better and establish connections to first customers, users and public institutions.

What would you recommend to startups interested in participating in the program?

It’s definitely worth participating in programs outside of your home country because it helps to keep an open-mind and think outside of established structures and rules. As for Germany itself: be prepared, think about what networks you want to tap into and keep your word when it comes to following up with potential customers.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

It was amazingly organised - you guys created a really safe space for us female founders and did a great job in supporting us! Thank youuuu

 

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